Hell’s Kitchen Inks

July 27th, 2006 | Posted in MAD Magazine

As promised, here is a scan of the inked version of the section of the splash page I had previously posted in pencil form:


When comparing the two, you can see where I added to??ᬨ‚Ćand changed the drawing while inking. That all goes back to what I said before about the necessity of drawing while inking, and not just mechanically tracing the pencils. I changed his nose somewhat, added texture and more??ᬨ‚Ćdisarray to his hair, fleshed out some of the backgrounds and other??ᬨ‚Ćdetails and used both crosshatching and a little bit of a wash to add some values. I am coloring the piece so a lot more values will come at that stage, but it helps to have some in the inks.

Back to work!


  1. SteveH says:

    Tom, looks GREAT and I love the way you have the steam and flames coming off of and out of Gordon’s head! I was only watching him last night on his new series here in the UK, called the ‘F’ Word. I can’t wait to get my copy of MAD with your Hells Kitchen parody illustration!

  2. Matt. says:

    Very nice and good fomality. What do you use to ink this? I mean, what are all the main tools you use to completely finish these projects? I am really curious.

  3. Tom says:

    Matt- Check out my FAQ page, where I list all the tools and materials I use. Link on the upper right of any blog page.


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